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2017-2018: Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities is an emerging field that explores the relationship between culture and society, on the one hand, and medical science and clinical practice, on the other. A growing body of scholarship in this area approaches the experience of embodiment, health, illness, and medical treatment as a question rather than a given.

For the 2017-18 CCA seminar, we plan to gather those who share our interest in exploring what becomes possible when the realms currently governed by “the medical” and “the humanities” are allowed to intersect and overlap: faculty, graduate fellows, medical professionals, artists, and distinguished guests.

Topics of interest will include but are not limited to the history of disease, illness, health, and care; the visual culture of medicine; disability studies; medical narratives of all kinds, including scientific narratives; race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the study of health and illness; global health; and the classification and treatment of mental health.

The seminar will meet approximately once every two weeks for three hours on Wednesday afternoons over the course of the 2017-18 academic year. We will read and discuss scholarship related to the medical humanities, and members will circulate and present works-in-progress. In addition, distinguished guests will visit the seminar to discuss current projects and share insights and expertise.




To learn more about our 2017-18 CCA fellowships, please visit our application page. If you are interested in applying for one of our two Postdoctoral Associate positions, you’ll need to do so online via Interfolio. Our position can be found at


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